Top tips for Gas Safety Week
We are proud to be supporting Gas Safety Week 2017 from 18th – 24th September. Gas Safety Week raises awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances. It is co-ordinated by Gas Safe Register, the official list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work on gas.
5 tips for a safe home
- By law, your landlord must keep gas appliances supplied for you to use in good condition. Gas appliances should be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Swale Heating does this for us so watch out for the letter from them and contact them if the appointment isn’t suitable.
- Make sure you keep to your gas service appointment each year. The service is free and takes just 30 minutes. We offer flexible appointments to fit around working hours and school runs – please let our engineers into your home.
- Check for warning signs your appliances aren’t working correctly e.g. yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room. If you find signs of this, please report it to Swale Heating.
- Buy an audible carbon monoxide alarm. This will alert you if there is carbon monoxide in your home. Although we do not provide them, you can buy them from most DIY shops or online.
- If you smell gas – call the National Grid on 0800 111 999.
Be aware of the dangers of Carbon Monoxide
Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. Every year thousands of people across the UK are diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning. It is a highly poisonous gas. You can’t see it, taste it or smell it, but it can kill quickly with no warning.
Know the six signs of carbon monoxide poisoning
- loss of consciousness.
If you feel unwell seek medical help immediately.
Have you had a warning sticker put over your keyhole?
If your gas check is overdue and we haven’t been able to get access to your home, you’ll see a bright yellow warning sticker over your key hole. It’s really important that you contact us to book in your safety check. If we can’t get into your home we have to gain access through the courts which can cost £900 – a cost that you would be charged.